I Looked at You
The Doors Lyrics


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I looked at you
You looked at me
I smiled at you
You smiled at me

And we're on our way
No we can't turn back, babe
Yeah, we're on our way
And we can't turn back

'Cause it's too late
Too late, too late
Too late, too late

And we're on our way
No we can't turn back, babe
Yeah, we're on our way
And we can't turn back, yeah

C'mon, yeah!

I walked with you
You walked with me
I talked to you
You talked to me

And we're on our way
No we can't turn back, yeah
Yeah, we're on our way
And we can't turn back, yeah

'Cause it's too late
Too late, too late
Too late, too late

And we're on our way
No we can't turn back
Yeah, we're on our way
And we can't turn back

'Cause it's too late




Too late, too late
Too late, too late

Overall Meaning

The song "I Looked At You" by The Doors is a sweet and simple love song about two people falling for each other. The song starts with the singer looking at the person he likes and vice versa. They exchange smiles which signals that they're on their way towards something, a relationship or a life journey. The words "we're on our way" and "and we can't turn back" are repeated throughout the song, emphasizing the idea of going forward with these feelings, without looking back or regretting anything.


The repetition of the line "too late" strengthens the message of the song even more, implying that they have missed their chance of backing out or correcting any mistakes that could have happened, and now they have to accept their fate or their new path together. The song ends with the two walking and talking together, still unable to turn back from their shared journey.


Despite being a simple song, "I Looked At You" has a charming and innocent vibe to it, that captures the early stages of a relationship and the excitement that comes with discovering new feelings for someone. The way the song is arranged with its guitar-driven melody and the vocal delivery of Jim Morrison suits the tone, making it a memorable track on The Doors' debut album.


Line by Line Meaning

I looked at you
I made eye contact with you


You looked at me
You reciprocated my eye contact


I smiled at you
I smiled at you as a gesture of friendliness


You smiled at me
You returned my friendliness with a smile


And we're on our way
We are beginning our journey


No we can't turn back, babe
We have committed to moving forward, there's no turning back now


Yeah, we're on our way
We are still in the process of moving forward


And we can't turn back
We have passed the point of no return


'Cause it's too late
There's no going back now


Too late, too late
We missed our chance to turn back


And we're on our way
We continue our journey forward


No we can't turn back, babe
We are fully committed to the path forward and cannot turn back


Yeah, we're on our way
Our journey continues


And we can't turn back, yeah
There is no way to reverse course


C'mon, yeah!
Let's continue forward and not look back


I walked with you
We walked together as a team


You walked with me
We supported each other and moved forward together


I talked to you
We communicated with each other


You talked to me
We listened to each other and exchanged ideas


And we're on our way
Our journey continues forward


No we can't turn back, yeah
Once again, we reiterate that there's no going back now


Yeah, we're on our way
Our journey continues


And we can't turn back, yeah
We must continue to look ahead and move forward


'Cause it's too late
The past is behind us and we must continue forward


Too late, too late
We cannot change what has already happened


Too late, too late
Our course is set and we must continue on


And we're on our way
Our journey continues forward


No we can't turn back
One final reminder that there is no going back


Yeah, we're on our way
We continue forward with confidence


And we can't turn back
Our path is set and we must continue to move forward




Lyrics © Wixen Music Publishing
Written by: John Densmore, Ray Manzarek, Robert Krieger, Jim Morrison

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